According to a new report, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios’ Mortal Kombat 11 has been hit by review bombs as seen on Metacritic and Steam. The latest write-up on the matter says it is due to “SJW propaganda” and “predatory microtransactions.”
The new report is by website GameRant, which highlights user disgruntlement over the newly released fighting game and the forced-in political narratives coupled with the egregious microtransaction (MTX) practices:
“Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest victim of review bombing on MetaCritic – a practice where a flood of users give a game the lowest score possible as a means to protest something about it. Mortal Kombat 11 review bombers have offered a number of reasons for why they are rating the game so low, and they range from political reasons to complaints about the game’s microtransactions.”
The report on Mortal Kombat 11 relays that the game has an abysmal 2.9 score on Metacritic. Scores of “0 and 1” are followed by descriptions of “SJW propaganda” and “political agenda,” which includes Jax Tower ending:
“Right now, Mortal Kombat 11 has an abysmal 2.9 score on MetaCritic. Most users are giving Mortal Kombat 11 scores of 1 and 0, with many citing “SJW propaganda” and the game’s “political agenda.” They seem to mostly be referring to the Jax Tower ending (spoiler warning for Jax’s Tower ending), where he decides to use time travel to eradicate slavery in the world.”
The website also offers user review bomb examples:
““Also pushing you [sic] personal political agenda with certain tower endings is just disgusting,” said user LittleEmber. “Once again the sjw propaganda destroyed a game. Stop making everything political,” said sylar50. Other complaints about “SJW propaganda” seem to be aimed at the women’s clothing in Mortal Kombat 11, as female characters like Jade wear less-revealing outfits in the new game.”
The mobile game-like coin and gear grinding along with a loot-box inspired Krypt, the woke Jax Tower ending, female characters purposefully de-sexualized, and the act of benevolent sexism isn’t something that’s sitting well with users on Metacritic review sections:
On the topic of console reviews, Mortal Kombat 11 on PC via Steam reflects 33% of positive reviews out of 296 reviews, which means 67% are negative:
The numerical statistics on reviews via Steam can be seen below:
It’ll be interesting to see if these negative (yet truthful) reviews by users will magically disappear and match up with critic reviews or if paid shill reviews will replace them? Time will tell.
Anyway, the site concludes that gamers are upset for two reasons and thus reverted to review bombs because:
“One is the game’s use of microtransactions and its excessive grind. Mortal Kombat 11‘s grind has been complained about by professional reviewers as well, as some feel it’s purposefully unrewarding as a way to get people to purchase microtransactions. NetherRealm Studios has responded to these complaints, and it has said that it will be re-balancing MK11‘s grind and progression rewards in the future.
The second often-cited reason for the Mortal Kombat 11 review bomb is the game’s lack of fan favorite characters. NetherRealm decided not to include Mileena, Reptile, Smoke, and some other characters that fans were looking forward to in Mortal Kombat 11. Some took even greater offense to the lack of Mileena in Mortal Kombat 11 when it became apparent that her move-set had been given to Kitana instead.”
NetherRealm and crew are obviously well aware of fan displeasure, but we’ll see if the team doubles-down as if they have a bad hand in poker or if they’ll stay quiet.
As of now, Mortal Kombat 11 is out for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.